How can I get rid of my side flabs after breast reduction?

Two years after getting a breast reduction, I am happy with how they look, but I have developed a lot of excess fat on my sides, below my armpits. I don’t know if this was a direct result of surgery, but I definitely didn’t notice the flabs before. I haven’t gained any weight since having surgery either. Do I need liposuction or is there something else I can do?


F, 38, Florida

Considerations include liposuction and Coolsculpting, but certainly visit a board certified plastic surgeon for a consultation.

Likely they were always there but you didn't notice them because of the traction (weight) of the breast they were not as noticeable. I routinely address these at the time of reduction with liposuction.  More than likely you can address these with liposuction

best regards

jack Peterson MD

Thank you for the question and I agree with Dr Peterson that liposuction may do the trick and with RFAL if there is any laxity of skin

Dr Corbin

Hi.  Losing weight usually helps decrease extra fat in unwanted areas.  But if you've tried that, and it hasn't worked, then you would likely need surgery in the form of liposuction or direct removal of skin and fat.  If you go to your PS, he/she can tell you what your specific options are.  Best of luck!

Recommend Liposuction.

You may benefit from liposuction in these areas.  Did you gain weight after the breast reduction?

Best to return to your surgeon for followup and for possible treatment.

Good luck.

Elliot Jacobs, MD, FACS

New York City